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9 Black Health Disparities That You Should Definitely Know About

Black people make up only 12% of the US population, and yet a higher proportion of this group is affected by health issues than other races/ethnicities.

This Black History Month, we thought it'd be a good time to remind you that despite all the good work that's been done, there's still a ways to go to improve black health and health care in the US.

1. Young black Americans are more likely to develop and die from chronic diseases that don't show up in white Americans until older age.

2. Black people are more likely to die of all cancers combined than any other racial or ethnic group.

3. Black women are over three times as likely to die from a pregnancy-related issue as white women.

4. Black children are also more likely to die before their first birthday when compared to others.

5. A higher proportion of black people are newly diagnosed with HIV, living with it, or diagnosed with AIDS than any other race or ethnicity.

6. Many other sexually transmitted infections also disproportionately affect the black community.

7. Black people in the US are more likely to have mental health problems than other people.

8. More black children kill themselves than white children, and it's a rising trend.

9. Finally, black people are victims of violence at farrrr higher rates than the general population.